Author: Andre Coleman

As of Monday, 1,085 days after the war in Afghanistan ended …

2,214 American military service members (0 more than last week) were reported killed in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001, according to The Associated Press. 2 Londoners accused of joining ISIS have caused a rift between the US and Great Britain, according to Reuters News Service. The US does not want to send Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh to Guantanamo Bay, but UK officials do not want them on their soil.      5 people were killed and 5 others injured on Monday in 2 bombs detonated from separate vehicles in Baghdad. According to CNN, ISIS has claimed responsibility...

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School officials approve mass layoffs to avoid county takeover

I n response to a long-looming fiscal crisis, one that could force the LA County Office of Education (LACOE) to take over the finances of the Pasadena Unified School District, the Pasadena Board of Education voted to eliminate 139 full-time employees — 87 of those positions held by teachers. Board member Kim Kenne voted against the motion, primarily because she said there was not sufficient time to review and analyze the figures being presented by staff. Board member Larry Torres did not attend the board’s special meeting held on Feb. 8. The district has been struggling financially for several...

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A New Way Council to hold special meeting on changing charter to suit new

The Pasadena Board of Education and the Pasadena City Council will hold a joint meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Feb. 15, at Pasadena City Hall to vote on putting a proposed City Charter change on the June 5 ballot. According to a new state law, cities with low voter turnout must move election dates to coincide with state election dates if local election participation rates result in contests with low voter turnout. City Council and Board of Education races over the past several years have been plagued by voter apathy, forcing city officials to comply with the law. Under...

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Derderian to temporarily replace exiting PIO William Boyer

Pasadena Public Information Officer William Boyer announced last week that he is leaving the city to serve as director of communications for the Los Angeles Community College District. City Fire Department PIO Lisa Derderian will serve as the interim PIO while the city searches for a permanent replacement for Boyer, said City Manager Steve Mermell. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to have been Pasadena’s public information officer during the past six years and to work with all of you,” said Boyer in an email to reporters.  “I have thoroughly enjoyed our time together. I believe my own...

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County education officials concerned about PUSD budgetary crisis

In a sternly worded letter expressing “concern” and “alarm” about the way the Pasadena Unified School District has been managing its dwindling budget, county officials warn the PUSD to get its financial house in order — or else. In the Jan. 19 letter addressed to PUSD Board of Education President Roy Boulghourjian, Candi Clark, chief financial officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, LACOE, spells out just how broke the district really is — unable to meet its basic financial obligations, let alone save anything to feed into a state-mandated reserve fund. Over the past three years,...

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THIS WEEK’S COVER

Upcoming Events

Feb
25
Sun
10:15 am Film Critic, Jazz Vespers at All... @ All Saints Church
Film Critic, Jazz Vespers at All... @ All Saints Church
Feb 25 @ 10:15 am
Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan offers his annual pre-Academy Awards look at what’s hot and what’s not in recent film festivals and the race for the Oscars at 10:15 in the Rector’s Forum.[...]
1:00 pm Castle Green Wedding and Event O... @ Castle Green
Castle Green Wedding and Event O... @ Castle Green
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Couples-to-be can shop for wedding-related goods and services, including caterers, deejays, florists, coordinators and bakeries, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. Visit brownpapertickets.com/event/ /3232486 for tickets.
1:00 pm Sierra Madre Playhouse Event @ Sierra Madre Elementary School
Sierra Madre Playhouse Event @ Sierra Madre Elementary School
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm
In conjunction with the current production of “Nothing Is the Same,” the Playhouse presents a free family event, a tour of the school’s Japanese Goodwill Garden, plus tea and Japanese tea snacks available for purchase,[...]
4:00 pm Book Signings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm
Local Author Day features Chiqeeta Jameson, author of “Don’t Sell, Let Them Buy: Master the Sales Conversation and Guide Your Customers to a Successful Outcome…Every Time,” Colette Barris, author of “Claretta Street” and Belinda Busteed[...]
4:00 pm Performances à la Carte @ Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
Performances à la Carte @ Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm
Performances à la Carte and Girls on the Run Los Angeles present the performance, “The Innas, Ettas, Annas & Donnas of Mozart’s Operas” is an afternoon of concert arias and duets featuring a variety of[...]

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